Benefits: Protects eyes from cataracts and the heart from muscle damage. Antioxidant. May reduce cancer risk.
Good food sources: Shell fish, whole grains, brazil nuts, vegetables, eggs, chicken.
Cautions: Consult a doctor before taking doses over 100 mcg.
Substance interactions: Does not mix with Vitamin C. Take 30 minutes apart.
Signs of toxicity: Avoid mega-doses. May cause dizziness and nausea, alopecia, loss of nails and hair, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, persistent garlic-breath, metallic taste in mouth.
* Preliminary studies show that selenium may prevent HIV turning
into full- blown AIDS.
* Combine with Vitamin E for an excellent anti-oxidant, which
will in turn protect the body from free radicals.
* Avoid selenium marked "sodium selenite.
" Selenium labeled "l- selenomethionine" is less likely to cause side effects and won't react with vitamin C to block selenium absorption.